“I Recognize Those Names”

Keeping an open mind–and being prepared for finding answers in unexpected places–is a familiar adage to experienced genealogy researchers.  I saw an example of this in a recent day-long workshop that our local genealogy society presented.

During the last session of the day, the presenter was using some of her own family tree as an example.  Suddenly a member of the audience announced with delight, “Hey, those are my ancestors, too!”

The speaker and audience member had never met previously, but a follow-up discussion revealed they were second cousins once removed!  They had grown up in the same area of Iowa, but with about a little more than a generation between them.  Currently they live about 90 miles apart.

This genealogy research is good for finding deceased ancestors but becomes even more rewarding when a connection is made with a fellow cousin.   Especially when the example used includes  the very people you are researching!



About maryjlohr

Avid genealogist.
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2 Responses to “I Recognize Those Names”

  1. Mary Ann Black says:

    Amazing! Another case of it being a small world. Sounds like a great genealogy day for all involved!

  2. Karen Engesser says:

    How exciting, not only for the newly found cousins, but for all the others present!

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